Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios take moviegoers up, up and away on one of the funniest adventures of all time with their latest comedy-fantasy Up.
Presented in Disney Digital 3DTM, Up follows the uplifting tale of 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. Their journey to a lost world, where they encounter some strange, exotic and surprising characters, is filled with hilarity, emotion and wildly imaginative adventure.
"I am so proud that Up is Pixar's 10th film," says John Lasseter, executive producer and chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. "I think it's the funniest film that we've ever made, and also one of the most beautiful. We have a main character that is an amazing hero. Carl Fredricksen is 78 years old and he travels the world in a flying machine of his own design and still has dinner at 3:30 in the afternoon. He's the most unlikely hero you can imagine in an action picture. He is a character who learns that the big adventures in life are all the small things that happen in everyday life. Russell is one of the most appealing and charming characters that we've ever created. Together with Carl, these two characters light up the screen."
"For me personally, what makes a film worth watching is when you go home and you're still thinking about it," says director Pete Docter. "You leave the theater and you're still thinking about it not only the next day, but the next year. In order to have a film affect you that way, it has to have real true emotion and resonate in some way with your own life. So even though the stars of the film may be monsters or bugs, you identify with those characters on the screen and you understand what they're going through. It's important to have that foundation of real truth and an emotional attachment to the characters."
"Along with the humor, you have to have heart," says Lasseter. "Walt Disney always said, ‘For every laugh, there should be a tear.' I believe in that." Filmmakers found a lot of heart in their latest adventure, exploring the love that Carl and his late wife shared and the friendship that develops between Carl and Russell. In fact, Carl discovers that life's true adventure can be found not in travel or great accomplishments, but in the everyday relationships that we have with friends and family."
The voice cast for Up features legendary actor Ed Asner, as balloon salesman-turned-adventurer Carl Fredricksen. Nine-year-old Jordan Nagai makes his acting debut as the voice of the determined and eager-to-assist Junior Wilderness Explorer, Russell.
Christopher Plummer gives a rich and textured vocal performance as the voice of Charles Muntz, a faded hero with an obsession to restore his good name. John Ratzenberger, Pixar's "lucky charm"—the only actor to lend his voice to all of the Studio's feature films—provides the voice of a construction foreman named Tom, who tries to encourage Carl to sell his home. Muntz's dog pack includes vocal performances by Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo and Jerome Ranft.
Opening soon across the Philippines, Up is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.